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The primary purposes of the program in kinesiology are to provide students with an understanding of basic research methodology; to acquaint students with the professional literature, trends and research being conducted in kinesiology; and to enable students to develop a concentration in exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, sport pedagogy/physical education, or sport pedagogy with physical education certification.
Current research projects include the study of physical activity; social and psychological factors associated with physical fitness and body composition; effective coaching behavior; mental skills related to performance success; physiology of resistance exercise related to hormones, nutrition, health and performance; measurement and evaluation of physical fitness; and concurrent feedback and practice organization on the learning of motor skills.
Financial support for the research programs comes from internal faculty research grants and instructional grants, as well as external funding agencies.
Career opportunities for graduates are generally found in the private sector with health clubs, wellness centers, corporations, rehabilitation centers, athletic groups and other private groups; or within the teaching profession as teachers, coaches, athletic trainers and administrators.